Elder is hiring on Placed! The UK’s fastest growing live-in care agency, Elder is looking for new carers who have empathy, patience and a genuine desire to help people.
To help you learn more about what it takes to be a carer for Elder, we’re sharing some stories straight from Elder carers themselves! Read about how this role has benefited them, and why this might be the job for you.
From an early age, Bawinile Ngubane knew she wanted to help people to live well. She trained as a nurse in her native South Africa before coming to the UK, where she worked in the NHS for over a decade. After a family bereavement forced her to take a break from nursing, she began a temporary live-in care role.
“My background is in nursing – and helping people manage their conditions has always been my interest.
Coming back to the UK (after flying to South Africa for a family crisis), I found that the hospital wanted me to go through a ‘back to practice’ programme before starting nursing again – so I looked into care as a way to work while I was waiting. Within two weeks I had a placement – a doctor in Richmond who had cancer.
It was meant to be a temporary placement, but I ended up being there for three years! By the time I finished in 2016, I knew that I really liked live-in care as a job and that I didn’t want to go back to nursing.
The flexibility of the work is good, but I also found live-in care more fulfilling in terms of job satisfaction. As a nurse, I had job satisfaction, but… it was limited because there you are in a very institutionalised environment.
Social care gave me this kind of satisfaction, especially live-in care, as I can spend as much time with my client as they need, and I can give them my all. Importantly, you get to know people – that is the wonderful thing. You come in as a stranger, and by the following week you’re becoming closer, and you’re getting to understand them, and they are getting to understand you.
…As a carer, your listening skills must be as sharp as your communication skills, because that’s where you find out how this person likes their care. […] You have to remember that before they became a client of Elder, they lived a full life… They have a history, and you need to get to know about their life to know about them.”